In 2004 a 17 year old from Nevada won the second mountain bike contest he’d ever competed in: Crankworx Slopestyle. Unknown and unsponsored, Paul Basagoitia borrowed Cam Zink’s bike and nailed an instantly iconic run
with a backflip on to tailwhip off the final feature to take the win. He beat out heavyweights like John Cowan and Timo Pritzel - the result earned him a factory sponsorship with Kona and eventually a coveted Red Bull helmet. Bas has spent the last decade starring in legendary video segments - his NWD 6 ender is a true classic
- and scoring numerous contest podiums. Lately, he’s moved away from slopestyle to focus more on riding in web videos and running his own filmmaking business.
To most readers on Pinkbike, Bas is a superhero: the man who stomped the first 720 in a movie and changed the way slopestyle runs are ridden. Bas’s riding progressed the sport and inspired a generation of athletes. At events he’s an affable, easygoing presence. He always makes times for kids and anyone else who wants to connect. He’s a genuinely nice guy, friendly and kind. On Friday, October 16, Bas suffered a severe injury at the Red Bull Rampage. He fractured the T12 vertebrae in his spine and was airlifted out of the event site. He was put in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital and underwent a gruelling nine hour surgery. Bas is one of the toughest and most competitive guys out there, and if he treats rehab like he treats contest runs, then there’ll be no stopping him. For years he’s inspired our family of mountain bikers here on Pinkbike, please support Bas and his family in their time of need.Update: Oct, 19th, 2015 from girlfriend Nichole Munk, “His chest tube that was put in to assist with access to his spine during surgery was removed today and he is such a fighter that he is already looking forward to rehab! This is all new territory for us and we are flooded with information right now, but he will beat this! Thank you to all the riders, sponsors, friends and people involved with the event that have shared their support”.
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